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Hotel Capitan Suizo
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
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Panama
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145 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Beauty, honest & friendly employees, and clean-perfect stay again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

This place is the best. We arrived to Capitan Suizo towing a boat (from the states). The hotel happily secured parking for the boat. Accommodations were top notch-stayed 10 years previously and had the same experience. I had to print out many papers at the front desk-they also did happily. To top it off, I left my iPod and headphones in the safe when I checked out. Employees immediately contacted me on the road-I was too far away to return. Raul asked what hotels I would be staying at and arranged to send my belongings ahead to a hotel. Raul also let me know who was bringing the iPod and headphones (a tour company that would be going to that area) and then who AT&T he hotel my belongings were left with. The belongings were at the hotel I arrived at just as he said. Talk about wonderful service. Back to the hotel-the complementary breakfast was good. You can get coffee beginning at 6 a.m.-very welcome for his coffee addict. The location of this hotel is great-right on the beach. Howler monkeys and iguanas on the roof. Beautiful manicured grounds. Ping pong table on grounds. Lots of chairs and tables for sitting around. It is an easy walk into town from here. A/C works great in the room. Can only say positive things. When we travel back to Costa Rica we will return to Capitan Suizo. A big thanks to Raul and all the front desk people-they were all wonderful!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

We travelled here with our 2 teenagers. The hotel is amazing, the surroundings are green and lush. The monkeys were a daily highlight for us. The pool area was very tranquil and peaceful.

We had interconnecting rooms, 23, 24, they were perfect for us, lovely big bed with quality linen. The bathroom was adequate with plenty of storage for clothes and luggage.

We are animal lovers, so along with the monkeys we enjoyed seeing the raccoons, lizards and beautiful birds.

The hotel is off the beaten track and away from the bustle of the town, but close enough to walk into Tamarindo if you please.

My husband and son surf, so the location was perfect, we hired a car to enable us to visit other surf spots in the area.

The staff at the hotel are really friendly particularly Max, Eddie & Ivan. Whilst we were there my son had a cold, so Eddie made an amazing concoction for him which soothed the symptoms.

The evening meal in the hotel was of amazing quality and variety.

We will be returning!!'

Stayed April 2014
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

My husband, teenage son and I stayed at Capitan Suizo for a 1 week fishing vacation. This hotel was paradise surrounding us! The tropical landscape was lush and well maintained. The staff was prompt, friendly, and always available. Even the Howler monkeys, the iguanas and blue birds were delightful. We had an air conditioned, beachfront bungalow with direct views of the white, sandy beach just yards from our room! We could walk along the beach to get into the town of Tamarindo in 10 mins. The architecture of the rooms was stunning with artfully designed wood layering throughout. Very neat and clean. The complimentary breakfast was fantastic! We ate several meals at the beautiful, poolside, outdoor restaurant which opened right onto the beach. We personally thanked the chief for treating us to delicious meals always cooked with fresh foods and ingredients that were scrumptious! We even had an unfortunate episode when our son got sick. The manager at Capitan Suizo contacted a doctor, and within 20 mins. a local doctor was at our room effectively treating our son. We were so grateful. This wasn't a case of "Montezuma's revenge," and we were drinking the hotel filtered water with ice cubes no problem. We would highly recommend staying at Capitan Suizo where the rates are every bit worth the positive experience of staying in paradise in Costa Rica!

Room Tip: I would suggest staying in the A/C beachfront bungalows. Although they are a bit pricey, they are w...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

Our family of 4 stayed here for 5 days. We had been here 10 years before and finally got a chance to return and we are glad we did. The rooms are clean. The bathrooms, by Costa Rica standards, are spacious and clean. What we came back for was the setting: right on a gorgeous beach, with gentle rolling waves which are great for boogie boards (free to borrow) or surfing ($10 to rent, with lessons available). The beach stretches for about a mile or so to the right, which takes you past the town and ends at an inlet that is passable at low tide. It is a wide, flat beach, good for walking, shelling, running, or ball playing. The hotel grounds are lush with plantings, flowers, a pool, and trees along the beach, which provide shade, as well as food and shelter for the families of howler monkeys, who pass by a few times a day. The town of Tamarindo has gotten much more crowded over the years, but it is still small enough to enjoy walking the streets to explore the many shops and restaurants. We had dinner and some lunches in town, which is a 10 minute walk along the beach from the hotel. We were very happy to have that separation, because the hotel is a tranquil haven. You can enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the comfortable beach lounge chairs (no charge, no tip needed) listening to the waves, the birds, and the monkeys without any crowds at all. When you are ready, stop by the hotel bar, right next to the pool, for a drink, or stay on the beach where a second bar opens in the late afternoon. Dinner at the hotel is adequate, but we enjoyed exploring the town and trying other places, knowing we could walk or take a 5 minute cab ride back to the sanctuary of Capitan Suizo. We hope another 10 years does not pass before we return again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

Stayed here a week with friends. Overall, very nice, clean and professional. I wish there was a 1//2 star because I would probably rate it between 3 to 4. Great access to the beach and the grounds were well maintained. Drinks were expensive and happy hour does help but it's at the beach not the hotel which was a bit odd. Yes, I would consider staying there again if I went.

Word of caution, about 1/4 of our group got Montezuma's revenge. This is not necessarily the hotel's fault but if you go, be on your guard for water, ice cubes, etc. I was told the water and so forth were not an issue. I'm here to tell you it IS!

Room Tip: The bungalows on the ground floor are very nice, but expensive.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

very nice place...spent 3 days at peace lodge in rainforest then here for beach. wanted small, local feel. hotel is very nice. grounds very beautiful, small. howler monkeys everywhere along with iguanas, raccoons and lots of ants. some staff where friendly but not everyone. very quiet. bartenders were not very friendly. good food. rooms where a bummer as the bathroom was very 'tired' looking and shower was a little too basic. we also had tons and tons of ants. location was good. walking distance to town and we always felt safe walking anywhere. Eat at Noogies in town and make sure to order the pineapple pie!!! Had surf lessons which were great. Make sure to where long sleeve rash guards. Great town. Very casual. Everyone in town was very friendly. Snorkeling was NOT a good idea...too cloudy...cold water. great beach. amazing sunsets!!!

Room Tip: Maybe don't be on the end and downstairs...maybe the ants won't get you. You have to ask fo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Monument, CO
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

This boutique hotel was exactly what I had hoped for... Close to town but not in the craziness- lush grounds, wonderful staff and a beautiful beach. You can walk around the corner and see a perfect- and I mean perfect- sunset. This is a shell beach too and great for morning runs as it goes for 3/4 mile or so. Our room was spacious and I liked the bed with the canopy- there is a sitting area too and outside, private porch (due to all of the plants, trees) with a lantern and comfy chairs. The room was super clean and the linens were white cotton and also comfy. They give you free drinks upon arrival and the bar is by the pool and open air restaurant. The bar tender made me the best Costa Rican drink- guaro sour- which was exactly what I didn't know I wanted :) the included breakfast buffet was good- with tons of fruit, bread and other hot items. For dinner- you can easily walk along the beach (wide and flat) and there are tons of great restaurants- we liked la baula- roman pizza - and Patagonia- Argentinian food. We ended up not doing a lot of activities here as we didn't want to leave the pool area. The staff are constantly working on the grounds and the howler monkeys were out every day. The owner's message in the book was nice and it seems as though they really care for the environment and animals (this was the only place in cr that we did not see stray dogs). Safe parking for our car. Overall- I just loved this hotel and will dream about returning soon. It seems good for families and couples both. Met lots of great guests too. Was a very tranquil spot as much of the guanacoste region is so dry and arid - and not green- right now.

Room Tip: Room 27 was nice- air conditioning and end, ground unit. View of ocean was not needed !!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Capitan Suizo
Address: | 2 miles from the local airport in Tamarindo, Tamarindo 22-50309, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 Spa Hotel in Tamarindo
#3 Business Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Capitan Suizo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Capitan Suizo is an environmentally conscious and future oriented beach hotel. It is an ideal place for relaxation that carries a tropical ambiance and lies amongst a lush garden. With a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is an oasis where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Capitan Suizo is located directly on the beach in a privileged area 1 km outside of town and at the end of the bay. ... more   less 
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